Check out this super cool yoga bag! The Accel bag is ideal for a no fuss, efficient workout. This fitness bag features the first-ever, quick release Velcro yoga mat straps—also perfect for attaching your jacket – so you can get in and out of the gym or studio with ease. The Accel bag includes thirteen […]
When it comes to cell phones, the world is stunningly wasteful. Customers will buy more than 1.8 billion new ones by the end of this year only to abandon almost half of them to drawers, and they’ll recycle a mere 3 percent of them. But creative and enterprising efforts are underway to reverse the seemingly […]
After scoring a Supreme Court victory this spring, the Environmental Protection Agency can move forward with its strategy to cut air pollution from coal-fired power plants in several states — and new research suggests the impact could be lifesaving. Scientists assessed the effects of one state’s prescient restrictions on plant emissions in a report in […]
I wanted to fix the planet single-handed. I got overwhelmed!
I wanted to join up with local sustainability initiatives. I soon discovered that they really need more people to help them deliver what has the potential to be achieved locally.
I wanted to join up with big international campaigns. The sheer scale of the task that uncovered totally depressed me!
So what to do? I looked around.
Some people seem to have no interest in living in harmony with the planet whatsoever and are busily using up its resources in any way they can. That annoyed me initially, then I realised how much could be gained if they too could be persuaded to engage in the process.
Some people put a few tins and bottles in the recycling. That’s a good place to start, but imagine what could be accomplished with some willingness to go further.
Some people have built eco-homes, live off the land and are sustainable in ways I hadn’t even contemplated. Even though that isn’t always practical for everyone there is still much to learn from them.
The ‘green journey’ is a very individual one. It’s understandable for anyone to feel demoralised by stories of the devastating impact of human actions on the planet. It’s easy to think why bother? It is however exhilarating when you hear of the amazing advances in technology that are leading the way forward and what resourceful people have achieved in the most difficult of circumstances.
OK, I can’t solve the problem single handed, but every time I pick a lettuce from the garden instead of having it shipped in from another country covered in chemicals and wrapped in plastic is an achievement. Believe me, there’s nothing like the gentle contentedness that comes from picking fresh raspberries in the garden on a sunny day, surrounded by the buzzing of bees. Even just harvesting beansprouts from a jar in the kitchen has a certain ‘home-grown’ satisfaction to it. It feels good to use a cloth bag instead of a plastic one, to refill a plastic bottle at the local ‘green’ store instead another one ending up in landfill or the ocean. Every kW of power generated by a solar panel is a bit less fossil fuel burned.
OK, local groups can’t solve it all either, but they can certainly help inspire and innovate.
OK, I do get overwhelmed by the sheer scale of the task – but I keep signing petitions in the hope that some of them do some good. The first step to addressing any problem is becoming aware of it.
Ultimately we all have the power to make a difference. Think back to how little awareness of this subject there was 20 years ago and you begin to realise how far we’ve already come. However small the individual action we take, the collective total of each of those actions taken often enough and by enough people moves things in a better direction. How many small, but meaningful, contributions can you make in a day? Every single one of them is worthwhile. They gain momentum.
Your chairs, synthetic rugs and plastic bags could one day be made out of cocoa, rice and vegetable waste rather than petroleum, scientists are now reporting. The novel process they developed and their results, which could help the world deal with its agricultural and plastic waste problems, appear in the ACS journalMacromolecules. Athanassia Athanassiou, Ilker […]
Long before humans figured out how to create colors, nature had already perfected the process — think stunning, bright butterfly wings of many different hues, for example. Now scientists are tapping into those secrets to develop a more environmentally friendly way to make colored plastics. Their paper on using structure — or the shapes and […]
Creating an Eco-education & Community arts centre for sustainable living & well-being in the beautiful Puglia, Italy
Help us to craft a better world…. We are building the NuArc an Eco-education centre in the beautiful lands of Puglia, Italy. Hosting workshops in Permaculture, sustainability, community arts, health & well-being we aim to give opportunites for people to learn from the natural environment empowering them to make more informed choices for their own […]
Every year, homeowners end up spending more money on their ever-rising energy bills. So now’s the time to think about going green to save some green. After all, going green does not just lower your carbon footprint, but it also lowers your energy bill. Read on for some of the bests ways to turn your […]
For the first time in the UK, renewable energy solutions provider, Ecolution, revealed the world’s first portable solar system, smartflower™ at Dukes Polo, Essex (12-13 July). The stunning solar power plant is a unique mobile all-in-one photovoltaics system that unfolds automatically as the sun rises, follows it just like a sun flower, and then folds itself away when the sun […]
I’ve recently come across a fantastic range of cleaning products that really take the reduce, reuse, recycle motto as far as it can go! This UK owned and manufactured company, eco2life are super serious about their products being as kind to people as they are to the environment. eco2life have produced a range of four products […]